IK and State of Madina

(Askari Raza Malik, )

IK and State of Madina

Askari Raza Malik

Imran Khan has won. He has established his government at the Center, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in the Punjab.

What prompted the writing of this piece was, Ahsan Iqbal’s statement on governance. Heperceives the inexperience as a major disadvantage of the new setup to govern. He fears that IK and party might even end up spoiling the good workof PML(N).

It is to remind him and otherwise ones of the PML(N) that Pakistan is going through a very difficult period of its history. It is no time for playing pranks. To set the record straight, no future government should ever try and follow the ways of PML(N) or for that matter Zardari’s PPP example in governance. This period should be forgotten and never ever mentioned again as the worst nightmare of our short history. If the notion of Divine Justice still holds good, both these names have a short future in Pakistan, unless Bilawal wakes up to face the harsh ground realities and the hoax of his party’s ideology.

In today’s world governance is more a matter of attitude than aptitude.With correct attitude, sincerity of purpose, integrity and dedication, a genuine man hasthe entire wherewithal available to him in the market offering multi-dimensional options to resolve any and every issue of governance. One genuine man on top is, thus, worth more than many a hypocritical genius.

Experience is an important part of knowledge.But, if not used judicially it can backfire. It happened with Zardari’s government. When Raja Pervez Ashraf tried to use the method of BB to resolve the energy crisis through private power producers, he failed. Because, the media by then had turned too vibrant to allow a repeat fleecing of the nation by arbitrarily inflicting exorbitant purchase rates on it. Going by the experience alone, Russian governance should have been exemplary by all standards. On the contrary it is not. On the other hand, what previous experience could Omer the Great and his companions boast of in managing a sprawling new régime and turning it into a superpower of the time? The pious Caliphs at that time had only the example of the Prophet (PBUH) before them, which they followed in letter and spirit.IK is referring to the State of Madina at the time of the Prophet (PBUH) as his role model. Jinnah idealized the same. In nutshell it embodies,‘God consciousness, sincerity and dedication’. If IK sincerely follows it, he should be able to carve a name for himself in history like Jinnah and Liaqat Ali Khan.

Power means responsibility. Power to rule over the people is the heaviest responsibility. The second and the fourth pious caliphs had conveyed it in no uncertain terms that a caliph (a ruler) cannot live a life better than the poorest in the country. That, the Governor House of a poor province, KPK, of a poor country, covers as much area as that of the White House in Washington is a cruel joke the people of Pakistan can ill afford.

The sovereignty belongs to Allah and His people. A ruler must bow his head in gratitude for having been bestowed upon the honour to do God’s work in God’s land. Humility, patience and tolerance must become visible in his attitude and conduct. He must ensure across-the-board justice. His simplicity must match the humbleness of the lowliest in the land, his compellingintegrity becoming contagious and his sincerity irresistible.He might not attain the rank of the highest, the pious successors to the holy Prophet (PBUH), he can still become one of the magnificent few, Omar bin Abdul Aziz, Ataturk and Jinnah.

The bottom line of Governance at all levels is God Consciousness. It defines acts that please God and negates the opposite. Once Jinnah was asked about the motivation for his tirelessness. His sole desire was to be able to earn, “Well done Ali” when he met his God. This simple motivation gives a Pakistani ruler the most vital purpose in life, the best of both the worlds, “well done” when he meets God. All then starts falling in place. Respect, honour, dignity, real power and wisdom, the intangibles which cannot be purchased, the indicators of God’s Grace for His chosen men.

Is it too much to expect such lofty goals from a poor mortal of 21st century? No. There is good cause for optimism. Asilver lining is there on the horizon. Unproven except for the cricket world cup, two cancer hospitals and a short tenure in a poor province, KPK, IK offers the potential. I was home in March. I could not imagine that the confidence of the ordinary folk in KPK would translate into such a mammoth election victory for the Captain. His first press conference after the 2018 elections and his address to the nation after taking oath of his office reinforcedthat confidence. His loving mention of his ideal, the Madina Welfare State established by the Prophet (PBUH) is overwhelming. Is he another Jinnah bent on achieving the pleasure of the Prophet (PBUH) and God? From his public rhetoric during his political campaigning to the first press conference he was a completely changed man. The cricket captain cheering the youth seemed to have suddenly transformed into a sober, thinking statesman, a person acutely conscious of the enormity of task ahead, the tricky path out of the thick woods; the external pressures, the internal manipulations of the pundits of status quo.

We are in dire need of a speedy, affordable and free system of justice, an independent judiciary, a free police force, investigation agencies, prosecution and National Accountability Bureau. The bureaucracy has tremendous potential. It needs to be trusted, made independent, responsible and accountable. Let merit prevail in every field. All governmental departments must remain free of political interference, one of the major malaises suffered by the administration in the past.
Nothing is impossible. The people have voted for the change. It is the government’s responsibilityto bring about a meaningful and visible change in their lives.

(Askari Raza Malik has served Pakistan Army as Major General. He is author of a book “Pakistan, in Search of a Messiah”)

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